Saturday, May 30, 2020

House Committee Schedule

Tuesday — June 2, 2020

"On the Front Lines: How Governors are Battling the COVID-19 — Pandemic" (Virtual Hearing)
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (Committee on Energy and Commerce)

Source: House.gov

House Floor Schedule

From the floor colloquy:
Madam Speaker, as we face the crisis that COVID-19 has confronted us with, the House must do its duty in full and do so in a way that contributes to the safety and welfare of our people, not in a way that harms it.

Members are advised there will be no votes expected in the House next week. Members are further advised that an updated 2020 legislative calendar will be released in the coming days.

I expect conversations to continue on additional legislation addressing COVID-19 and the legislation we passed honoring our heroes. In the event that an agreement is reached on a bipartisan or partisan bill—I don't know how an agreement can be reached on a partisan bill, but a bipartisan bill—then we will make sure that the House has 72 hours before they need to come back to vote on that legislation. …

Senate Committee Schedule

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Hearings to examine implementation of Title IV of the CARES Act.

Judiciary
Hearings to examine best practices for incarceration and detention during COVID-19.

Finance
An oversight hearing to examine the Food and Drug Administration's foreign drug manufacturing inspection process, focusing on COVID-19 and beyond.

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Hearings to examine the nominations of
Russell Vought, of Virginia, to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and
Craig Edward Leen, of the District of Columbia, to be Inspector General, Office of Personnel Management.

Judiciary
Subcommittee on Intellectual Property
Hearings to examine the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's notice-and-takedown system.

Senate Floor Schedule

Program for Monday: Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Drew B. Tipton, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas.

At 5:30 p.m., Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of John Leonard Badalamenti, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida, post-cloture, and vote on confirmation of the nomination.


Thursday, 5/21, Senate began consideration of the following:

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

Ron Johnson wants to subpoena testimony in Trump-Russia and ‘unmasking’ sagas

Rod Rosenstein to Testify to Senate Committee on Role in Trump-Russia Probe


Floor Outlook

Senate to Vote on Giving Chairman Subpoena Power in Oversight of Russia-Trump Probe

Senate to mark up defense bill June 8

McConnell Expects Fifth Relief Bill Talks ‘In the Next Month Or So’

McConnell: Next coronavirus aid bill 'will be written in the Senate'

House goes dark in June under light summer schedule

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Floor Activity Headlines

House passes bill via proxy vote to sanction Chinese officials for Uighur human rights abusesGoes to Trump for Decision

U.S. House approves bill lengthening coronavirus small-business loan terms

Saturday, May 23, 2020

House Committee Schedule

Wednesday — May 27, 2020

The Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color
Committee on Ways and Means

Source: House.gov


Thursday — May 28, 2020

Department of Veterans Affairs - Response to COVID-19
Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies (Committee on Appropriations)

Examining the Federal Governments Actions to Protect Workers from COVID-19.
Subcommittee on Workforce Protections (Committee on Education and Labor)

Source: House.gov


Friday — May 29, 2020

The Status of the U.S. Maritime Supply Chain During the COVID-19 — Pandemic.
Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation (Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure)

Source: House.gov

House Floor Schedule

On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business.


Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

1) S. 2746Law Enforcement Suicide Data Collection Act (Sponsored by Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto / Judiciary Committee)

2) S. 3744Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 (Sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio / Foreign Affairs Committee)

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

Congressional Democrats Launch Investigation Into Firing of State Department Inspector General

Senate Committee Issues First Subpoena in Biden-Burisma Investigation

Graham Announces June 4 Vote on Subpoenas for Obama-Era OfficialsProbe Into Origin of FBI’s Russia Investigation to be done before election

Mnuchin and Powell agree the worst is yet to come for U.S. economy

House Committees to Review Senate Passed Bill That Could Delist Some Chinese Firms: Pelosi


Floor Outlook

Senate leaves for break without passing Paycheck Protection Program fix, to return June 1

Senate Will Wait Several Weeks to Decide on Next Stimulus Bill: McConnell

Pelosi announces historic 45-day House remote voting period during coronavirus — May 20 – July 3

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Floor Activity Headlines

Josh Hawley crafts the case against China

Senate Passes Bill That Could Block Chinese Firms From U.S. Securities Exchanges

Senate confirms John Ratcliffe as next director of national intelligence


Monday, May 18, 2020

Pro-Life Analysis of the HEROES Act (H.R. 6800)

Some items of note from H.R. 6800, the
Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act:


UNDERLYING BILL TEXT:

Division A, Title III
—Financial Services and General Government (FSGG)
—Coronavirus State Fiscal Relief Fund and Coronavirus Local Fiscal Relief Fund (pp. 22-33)

These two relief funds, which lack clear pro-life protections, appropriate $540 billion for states and $375 billion for local governments to respond to and replace lost revenues due to COVID-19. It is unclear whether the funding is protected by the Smith Amendment (which prevents FSGG funds from paying directly for abortion procedures). The bill does not prevent states or local governments from using the funding to cover other abortion facility expenses.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

House Committee Schedule

Tuesday — May 19, 2020

Department of Veterans Affairs - Response to COVID-19
Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies (Committee on Appropriations)

Source: House.gov


Wednesday — May 20, 2020

Examining the Federal Governments Actions to Protect Workers from COVID-19.
Subcommittee on Workforce Protections (Committee on Education and Labor)

Source: House.gov

House Floor Schedule

From the floor colloquy:
Madam Speaker, Members are advised that no votes are expected in the House next week.

Members are further advised that the House will be in session on Wednesday, May 27, and May 28.

As everyone knows, the Senate has amended the House-passed FISA bill, a very important piece of legislation that will require the House to act again. I expect that to be considered on the 27th.

I also expect conversations to continue on additional legislation addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. The House could vote on COVID-19- related bills on May 27 and 28.

Senate Committee Schedule

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Intelligence
Closed business meeting to consider pending intelligence matters.

Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Hearings to examine the quarterly CARES Act report to Congress.

Environment and Public Works
Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety
Hearings to examine the nominations of
Beth Harwell, of Tennessee, and Brian Noland, of Tennessee, both to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority, and
Katherine A. Crytzer, of Tennessee, to be Inspector General of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Senate Floor Schedule

Program for Monday: Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Scott H. Rash, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona, and vote on the motion to invoke cloture thereon at 5:30 p.m.


Thursday, 5/14, Senate began consideration of the following:

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

Rand Paul Challenges Fauci on Predictions at Senate Hearing

Azar: Everything Demoted Doctor Complained About Was Done

Senate Intel’s final report on Russian election interference submitted for classification review


Floor Outlook

House slated to vote on FISA before end of the month

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Floor Activity Headlines

US Senate approves bill to help Taiwan rejoin WHO — S. 249

Senate passed Uyghur human rights bill — S. 3744 — Enforcement is uncertain

Schumer’s Resolution Calling For Release of CDC’s Reopening Guidelines Fails in Senate — S.Res. 572

Senate votes to reauthorize intel surveillance programs with added legal protectionswithout ban on web history snooping which failed by one voteSends Bill Back to the House — H.R. 6172

House adopts historic temporary rules changes to allow remote votingProxy Vote for First Time Amid Pandemic — H.Res. 965

House defeats effort to prevent stimulus checks for undocumented immigrants — Motion to Recommit, Vote

House passes $3 trillion coronavirus spending bill, bucking GOP opposition and Trump veto threatSetting up More $1,200 Direct Payments to AmericansSenate Signals Opposition — H.R. 6800

Saturday, May 9, 2020

House Committee Schedule

Thursday — May 14, 2020

Protecting Scientific Integrity in the COVID-19 — Response
Subcommittee on Health (Committee on Energy and Commerce)

Source: House.gov

Senate Committee Schedule

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
An oversight hearing to examine financial regulators.

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Hearings to examine COVID-19, focusing on safely getting back to work and back to school.

Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Business meeting to consider the nominations of
Brian D. Miller, of Virginia, to be Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery, Department of the Treasury, and
Dana T. Wade, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Judiciary
Hearings to examine liability during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Senate Floor Schedule

Program for Monday: Senate resumes consideration of the nomination of Brian D. Montgomery, of Texas, to be Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and votes on the motion to invoke cloture thereon at 5:30 p.m.


Thursday, Senate began consideration of the following:

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

‘Speak truth to power’: John Ratcliffe vows independence if confirmed as spy chief

Trump's pick for spy chief says whistleblowers should receive “every protection under the law

DNI Tells Schiff Transcripts of Russia Investigation Can Be Released

House Intelligence Committee Releases Transcripts From Russia Investigation

House Intelligence Committee’s Russia Transcripts Reaffirm Findings of No Collusion


Floor Outlook

House to vote on massive new round of economic aid 'as early as next week'

Pelosi: House vote on new spending and proxy voting 'hopefully' next week

Sen. Lee Holding Up Widely Supported Holocaust Education Bill

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Floor Activity Headlines

U.S. Senate Democrats seek coronavirus fund disclosure from businesses as Trump pushes nominees

Senate votes to confirm Trump counterintelligence chief

Senate Fails to Override Trump’s Veto on Iran War Powers Bill

Saturday, May 2, 2020

House Committee Schedule

Wednesday — May 6, 2020

COVID-19 — Response
Subcommittee on the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Committee on Appropriations)

Source: House.gov

Senate Committee Schedule

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Intelligence
Hearings to examine certain nominations.

Intelligence
Closed hearings to examine certain intelligence matters.

Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Hearings to examine certain nominations.

Senate Floor Schedule

Program for Monday: Senate will begin consideration, Lord willing, of the nomination of Robert J. Feitel, of Maryland, to be Inspector General, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, with a vote on confirmation thereon at 5:30 p.m.

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

Graham Requests More Documents After Footnotes Show Steele’s Dossier May Contain Russian Disinformation

Congress is investigating cruise ship company Carnival over COVID-19 outbreaks

Fauci Will Not Testify Before House Panel Next Week on CCP Virus Response: White House


Floor Outlook

Democrats backtrack on plan to reconvene House next week

House and Senate split over returning

Pelosi Says House of Representatives May Return in 2 Weeks

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record


National Security

Lawmakers Probe NIH Over Chinese Espionage Targeting U.S. Medical Research


Foreign Policy

Cruz Targets Chinese Propaganda Radio With New Bill

Tom Cotton: US Should Deny Visas to Chinese Science and Tech Students

House Oversight GOP calls on Democrats to investigate Chinese influence over WHO


Federal Spending

Trump and McConnell headed toward clash over coronavirus spending

Pelosi: Pandemic Funds for States Coming in Next Relief Bill

Why the economic rescue package is causing some heartburn

How Congress’ Coronavirus Bill Could Pay Millionaires’ Bills With Medicaid

McConnell: Next COVID-19 Relief Bill ‘Won’t Pass the Senate’ Without Liability Protection

McConnell Open to Virus-Related Funding for States in Next Rescue Package

House chairman opposes more defense stimulus

Congress presses for more agriculture money

Senate battle brewing on coronavirus oversight

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